Photo Citation Above: Flower in the Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit. Florida Museum of Natural History. Personal photography by Chloe Gingerich. 18 February 2016.
Nature on Display
Nature is my favorite inspiration when I draw or paint. It is also my favorite photography subject. Often my profile pictures are of flowers from personal photography. I have painted the butterfly that is white with light blue and yellow before. This exhibit was the most appealing because I saw the butterflies in a simulation of their natural habitat. The bright, natural colors were especially appealing with raindrops and cool weather. The way the butterflies interacted with the beautiful surroundings made me feel relaxed and refreshed after the experience. What I love about butterflies and flowers are how fragile they are, but how bold the colors are. They are living art pieces.
I have visited other butterfly gardens. What is always better when I see them in person rather than in a picture, is appreciating the whole body of the butterfly. In pictures, only the wings are focused on. In person, the wings move and the body is sometimes as decorated as the wings. Seeing the wings move in person is also graceful. The weight of the butterfly on leaves also leaves a different impression than a dead, dried out butterfly. Seeing the individual scales on their and fur on their bodies helped me appreciate them as animals rather than artwork though.